“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.”
– Ruth Stout
Spring has arrived, the daffs are out, the clocks have changed and the dawn chorus is in fine voice. April is such a wonderful month! There’s plenty to be done in the garden with the sun warming the soil between the April showers.
Last year we embarked on a research programme with Exeter University to identify exactly which homegrown vegetables had the highest levels of specific nutrients, known to be important for leading a healthy life. Our 2017 Vegetable Catalogue, out now, presents to you both the evidence from the Exeter University trials and also the winning products.
Working in the garden during April is a pleasure, proving you escape those inevitable showers. Our top ten tasks for April are:
- Sow sweet peas direct in the garden and plant out any that you sowed in the autumn, after having hardened them off first.
- Deadhead spring flowering bulbs and keep them weed free. Allow the leaves to die down naturally. Yes, this may look a tad untidy but is necessary. Perhaps you can lift them and replant them somewhere out of sight?
- Our vegetable plants are selling quickly so make sure you order yours soon. Not tried grafted plants before? Producing up to 75% more fruit we highly recommend that you give them a try
- Mow the lawn when necessary. Sow any new lawns and mend any bare patches using Rapid Green 2 Self-Repairing Lawn Seed. Apply lawn weedkiller.
- Plant onion sets and chitted seed potatoes.
- Browse the Suttons website and order tomato plants and anything else that takes your fancy.
- Sow frost tender veg and hardy annuals.
- Now that the clocks have changed switch to feeding your citrus plants with Citrus Tree Summer Feed.
- If you enjoy growing flowers for cutting then take a look at our new world exclusive, the Long-stemmed Clematis Collection. With multiple blooms on every stem and a long flowering period it is perfect for borders and containers. Visit our blog to read more and see below for details of our latest competition.
- Finish any rose pruning and give the plants a feed using Top Resist Roses
Dwarf Mulberry Charlotte Russe
This new, world exclusive Dwarf Mulberry Charlotte Russe plant was launched at the Garden Press Event in London during February and sold out in just 5 days! The good news is that the 2nd release of plants is available to order now, for delivery in September. Stocks of this special plant are limited so you’d better be quick!
Order our latest set of catalogues here, including:
Flower Catalogue 2017 – 78 pages packed with wonderful perennials, bedding plants and shrubs. If you fancy architectural evergreens, spectacular standards or colour-themed collections then you need this catalogue. Now!
Vegetable Catalogue 2017 – with James Wong explaining why growing your own food could give you measurably more nutritious food. Also, packed with interesting nutrition stories and guidance, oh and lots of products too!
Equipment Catalogue 2017 – our equipment buyer has been a very busy chap resulting in this 48 page catalogue, packed with “must haves” and “wants”!
Earlier I mentioned our new, world exclusive Long-stemmed Clematis Collection. Such a wonderful flower that we’ve dedicated the front cover plus pages 1 and 2 of our latest catalogue to it!
Order any of the 3 varieties and you’ll automatically be entered into our free prize draw. The prize? One of the four fabulous Dartington Crystal cases as pictured. What better way of displaying your long-stemmed Clematis? For full details visit www.suttons.co.uk/amazingclematis
The Garden of the Month photo competition for April is also now open. Send us a picture of how your garden is looking this month and you could win the top prize of a £50 gift voucher. 2 runners up will each receive a £10 gift voucher. So what are you waiting for? Get out, enjoy the garden and get snapping.